Spooner by Pete Dexter review & GIVEAWAY!!! 5 WINNERS!!!


Warren Spooner was born after a prolonged delivery in a makeshift delivery room in a doctor's office in Milledgeville, Georgia, on the first Saturday of December, 1956. His father died shortly afterward, long before Spooner had even a memory of his face, and was replaced eventually by a once-brilliant young naval officer, Calmer Ottosson, recently court-marshaled out of service. This is the story of the lifelong tie between the two men, poles apart, of Spooner's troubled childhood, troubled adolescence, violent and troubled adulthood and Calmer Ottosson's inexhaustible patience, undertaking a life-long struggle to salvage his step-son, a man he will never understand.

"What can you do when your twin brother, dead at birth, is your mother's favorite? This is only one of the burdens placed on young Warren Spooner, the hero of National Book Award-winner Dexter's calamitously funny and riotously tragic new novel. Spooner, who tends toward a life of criminal mischief, turns out to be a baseball phenom, but after an elbow injury puts an end to his pitching career, he ends up a newspaper reporter in Philadelphia, where he's so universally disliked that firing him is at the top of his editor's to-do list. Spooner eventually settles down, becomes a columnist and published novelist, and starts a family. He is dogged, though, by a combination of bad luck and bad judgment, and eventually retreats to Whidbey Island, off the coast of Washington State, where he learns that good fences don't necessarily make good neighbors. Spooner's story is juxtaposed with that of his stepfather, Calmer Ottosson, a naval officer turned high school principal, whose dedication to his family is in direct contrast to his stepson's bellicose adventures. Although raggedly plotted, the rambunctious narrative is filled with hilarious scenes, including a naval burial at sea that goes horribly awry, a literary luncheon featuring Spooner and Margaret Truman that ends with a stampede of little old ladies, and a misguided act of vengeance that backfires and puts Spooner in the hospital. The novel's premise — that life is one big vale of tears and that writing about it wittily and exuberantly is the best one can do — might not work in real life, but it pays off in spades for Dexter and his tragicomically conflicted alter ego. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

"Pete Dexter, writing of the part played by love in the exuberant life of his hero, Spooner, and the fatal inevitability of the compromises that make life bearable, has given us a novel of picaresque vitality — outlandish, anecdotal, profuse, funny, profound." Susanna Moore, author of My Old Sweetheart and In the Cut.


Pete Dexter is the author of the National Book Award-winning novel Paris Trout and five other novels: God's Pocket, Deadwood, Brotherly Love, The Paperboy, and Train. He has been a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and the Sacramento Bee, and has contributed to many magazines, including Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Playboy. His screenplays include Rush and Mulholland Falls. Dexter was born in Michigan and raised in Georgia, Illinois, and eastern South Dakota. He lives on an island off the coast of Washington.
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34 comments

Pam said...

This line from your review made me laugh out loud: "What can you do when your twin brother, dead at birth, is your mother's favorite?" If that's any indication as to the rest of the book, I HAVE to read this!

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Donna said...

Sounds like a great book. I would love to read it and share it with my sister!

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Sounds like a great book. I would love to read it and share it with my sister!

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Hubby and I are avid readers. We are always on the lookout for new authors to read. This would be great!

Andrea said...

I would love to have this book because it sounds like a great read!

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Melissa Erickson said...

I would love to read that. It sounds like a book that you can not put down.

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I would like to read this because I enjoy reading about troubled childhoods.

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cherdon said...

I would love to read Spooner because how sad it must have been for him knowing his own mother loved his twin brother who died at birth and not him. I would really like to find out if Spooner ever finds out the reasons behind his mothers feelings and why if they were twins, his brother was favored and he was not.

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ossmcalc said...

It sounds like an amazing story that I would really like to read. I have an interest in reading about twins when one of the twins dies at birth.

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Renee said...

I'd like to read this because I'm a Georgia Peach like spooner!

SandyM204 said...

This sounds like a great read and my kind of story. Can't wait to read it!

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